The Turkish military deployed tanks and armored vehicles to the border province of Hatay on Jan. 13, as Turkey continues its preparations for a planned military operation in the east of River Euphrates in Syria against ISIL and the YPG, which it sees as the Syrian branch of the PKK.
Turkey's preparations for a possible operation in Syria in the east of Euphrates are continuing "intensely," Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Jan. 11 on a visit to Turkey's border with Syria.
Turkey has improved its border security with an additional application on some 40-kilometer (24-mile) part of "Turkish Wall" along its border with Syria.
Nearly 300,000 Syrians have returned to their country after Turkish military operations in the region, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said, as Turkey plans a new operation into Syria and has been sending reinforcements to its southeastern border.
A new customs gate along the Turkish-Syrian border was launched, Turkey's trade minister announced on Nov. 9.
The person freed in Syria on Oct. 23 has been identified as Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, said Erdal Ata, governorship of Turkey's southern province of Hatay.